Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Bambi revisited

In Job 39:1-2, God asks Job, "Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth?"

Well, I know that around here it's usually in May and June.

How? Because every year at our local golf course, that's when the new fawns appear.

No interview this time, just some pictures. (This little guy wasn't old enough to talk yet.)







Not very steady on his feet.


Psalm 42:1 "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God."


A little shade is a good thing.

Doin' the Moon Walk?

12 comments:

r.e.wolf said...

Third picture (from the top) is a one-in-a-million shot!

jan said...

What a charming and delightful animal...and fearless. It's almost like they know how cute they are. Or maybe they have read Bambi.

kenju said...

There is not anything I can think of more precious looking - at least in the animal dept. The third one is calendar ready!

kenju said...

P.S. What was he doing right out in the open like that???

Duke_of_Earle said...

kenju,

Typically we see the newborns and recently-born fawns lying in the shade under some of the trees in and around the golf course. I think Mama Doe leaves them there in the morning twilight to go off and browse. Then comes dawn and the weekend golfers! The fawns will usually stay put under a tree until someone approaches too close for their comfort (in a golf cart or searching for an errant ball). Then they'll get up and move around looking for someplace to lie undisturbed until mama comes back. Once they're a little older we'll only see them with the rest of the deer herd (leash? bevy? parcel?).

To the golfers' credit, we've never seen anyone intentionally disturbing or chasing any of the deer or fawns. We just enjoy watching them.

Peter said...

Should make for an interesting interview a bit later on John.

Badabing said...

Judy is right...calendar-quality pics.

Shortly after we moved into our current home, my wife called me on my cell phone to say that a baby deer was in our house. It was hard for me to imagine how the deer could get in...was a door left open?...did it climb the two flights of stairs on the deck? It turned out that my daughter found a fawn in our field, thought its mother had abandoned it, put it in her car and brought it to the house. We later found out that it is common for momma deers to leave their fawns unattended for many hours while they forage for food. We took it back to where it was found and in a few hours momma returned to reclaim it.

Steve G said...

Kudos to Carol. Would I be wrong in guessing the long lense. I would also guess a tripod. Do you carry it in the golf bag?

kirsten said...

Wow, fantastic photos!!!

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! THese photos are soo CUTE!! WONDERFUL!

Duke_of_Earle said...

Steve,

Actually, Carol carries a "Monopod" in her golf bag to allow steady shots. It telescopes and is much easier to maneuver and handle than a tripod. I posted about it back in March. And yes, she used the long lens. BUT, the shots were taken without the monopod (hand-held) and without much zoom factored in. Carol was able to approach the fawn to about 20 feet before it began to move away.

Steve G said...

Thanks, good info.